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Turmoil in the KHADC: The picture as we see it

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

Rupert Lyngdoh
It comes to us with sadness that we had a leader from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) for 6 months after which the leadership was handed over to another leader from the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM); not to forget that the Chair was being passed on from the HSPDP to the United Democratic Party (UDP) and then the KHNAM where the leader was compelled to take up responsibilities from a member of the opposition during the previous term to a Chief Executive Member (CEM) level in the immediate next.

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War Memorial near India Gate: The nation‘s need, not the armed forces

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

Colonel Kamaldish Chaturvedi
The thoughts in this article are a poser to the current debate, on the efficacy of a proposed War Memorial - near India Gate – where the issues currently being debated broadly circumscribe the following: Death in line of duty is no different for a soldier of a volunteer Army, than say that of a fire fighter, a policemen or a politician; multiplicity of memorials it will lead to and the desperation of Indian Army for a public proclamation!!!
While not speaking on behalf of a particular institution, but as an ordinary citizen - and a keen observer of public space –as a corrigendum it is not the Army which requires a war memorial, but it is our nation which requires a rallying point; A War Memorial being just a sub- conscious reflection of same.

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Ten years of Ka Chad Sukra

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Wa – i – sa Sumer
April 12, 2006 rejuvenated and brought back the long, lost and forgotten culture of the Pnar people of Jowai; famously known as ‘ka Chad Sukra’. It was under the aegis of Seinraij Jowai, a socio- cultural and religious organisation and the efforts of the then President of Seinraij, Jowai, O.R Shallam, G.H Bareh the General secretary, H Passah Chairman art and culture and P. Kynjin the secretary of art and culture, and a host of executive members of the organisation, that Ka Chad Sukra was revived and brought back to life. Lakhs of people from different parts of the state thronged Jowai to bear witness as well as to participate in this grand celebration. The then Minister of Forest, Govt of Meghalaya, S. Mulieh graced the function as the Chief Guest while the Chief Executive Member (CEM), Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) Moonlight Pariat was the guest of honour.

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Why we love some foods and hate others

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Rajiv Doulagupu
Last week different set of guests at the café ordered for Pasta Carbonara (my favorite), one of them loved the cuisine, while the other didn’t like it at all. I tried to find out the reason but didn’t quite understand why the same dish prepared in the same manner would get different reactions. In the past as well, I have heard a guest telling me that the coffee is too bitter. I was perplexed as I wondered that she might have forgotten to put sugar in her cappuccino.  I thought of doing some research into it, and understand why same food tastes differently for different people. The result that I got is very interesting, and it goes deeper than saying that our taste buds are different.

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The Ban Politics: Where are we heading to?

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Anamika S Nair
It was about 6 on a fine morning that my phone rang “soona man kaaangan” , with much irritation I attended the  call that broke my sleep. The voice of a close friend from the other end told me “watch ‘India’s Daughter’ before YouTube takes it down.”I cursed him for disturbing my beautiful dream of a bus journey (coincidences), and hung up the phone to go back to sleep. There was hope of the dream continuing. Well, I didn’t see the dream anymore nor could I see India’s Daughter as YouTube took it down like he predicted. Waiting for hours in front of a slow broadband network I was able to download a copy of it through torrent. I watched the documentary, unable to figure out why it should be banned.

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